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Harold Newman papers

Title
Harold Newman papers, 1921-1993 (bulk 1941-1988)
Author
Newman, Harold, 1903-
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Description
3. 5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Clippings.
  • Correspondence.
  • Photographs.
  • Scores.
Biography (note)
  • Music publisher, composer, and arranger, Harold Newman (1903-1989) became one of the leading advocates for promoting the instruction and performance of recorder music in the United States.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
JPB 06-13
OCLC
NYPG06-A101
Author
Newman, Harold, 1903-
Title
Harold Newman papers, 1921-1993 (bulk 1941-1988)
Summary
The Harold Newman Papers contain a sample of his work as a publisher of recorder music. While the collection does not cover everything he published, a significant number of the composers and authors he worked with are documented, including Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss, Gail Kubick, Ned Rorem, Pete Seeger, Billy Edd Wheeler, and Stefan Wolpe. The majority of music published by Hargail is organized under the arranger's name, rather than the original composer. The collection also includes correspondence with music scholars and critics, including William Bergmann and Mieczyslaw Kolinski. The oldest item in the collection is the program from Newman's high school commencement; there is very little other personal material that does not relate to the recorder, and no evidence of his career prior to 1941.
Biography
Music publisher, composer, and arranger, Harold Newman (1903-1989) became one of the leading advocates for promoting the instruction and performance of recorder music in the United States. Trained as an accountant, Newman first became aware of the instrument through Shakespeare's Hamlet, learned to play, and quickly became enthusiastic about the instrument. Following a period of intensive study, he became the first president of the American Recorder Society. In 1940 Newman commissioned the American composer Gail Kubik to write the first American composition for recorder, Suite for Three Recorders. In order to make this piece available, Newman formed a publishing firm, Hargail Recorder Music Publishers. The publishing house, which was renamed Hargail Music Press in the mid-1940s, reprinted old recorder music and published original recorder pieces by contemporary composers, commissioned by Newman. Newman soon established a record label called Hargail Records, which issued recordings of the recorder music of Bach, Handel, and Purcell, as well as new works, including compositions by Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss, and Paul Hindemith. During the 1950s the company expanded into folk music and Newman also promoted the recorder in elementary schools as a simple and inexpensive way to teach children about music. Hargail would become an American distributor for two foreign recorder manufacturers, Küng (Switzerland) and Toyama (Japan) and developed Harvard, its own plastic recorder line. In 1975 Newman began work on a combined memoir and history of the recorder. Titled The House that Hamlet Built, it was not published. Newman continued to compose music for the recorder through the 1980s, and he remained president of Hargail until his death.
Indexes
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Arrangers (Musicians)
Composers.
Music publishers.
Added Author
Bergmann, Walter, 1902-1988.
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990.
Foss, Lukas, 1922-2009.
Kolinski, Mieczyslaw.
Kubik, Gail, 1914-1984.
Rorem, Ned, 1923-2022.
Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014.
Wheeler, Billy Edd.
Wolpe, Stefan.
Hargail Music Press.
Hargail Records.
Research Call Number
JPB 06-13
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